Three new marine reserves have been added to New Zealands growing list of protected waters.
The new area covers 435,000 hectares of ocean towards Antarctica.
The islands are also a breeding ground for New Zealand’s rarest whale, the southern right whale.
The reserves are also home to bull kelp – a species larger than any other found in New Zealand, as well as the giant spider crabs and white-footed paua.
The Government is hoping to complete a record number of marine reserves this year.
With these three added it means that there are now 37 marine reserves in New Zealand.
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